#BlogTour #Review BARE by Lynn Kelling incl. Author Interview + Giveaway
MM Book Escape is honored to have Lynn Kelling here today to share her new release, BARE, set to go live tomorrow, November the 15th. Lynn took the time to answer a few questions plus she brought a great excerpt and a fantastic giveaway for you guys so please help me make her feel welcome by commenting and saying Hi and don't forget to enter the giveaway. I have my 5 star review below so check it out before you leave. Enjoy the post!
About the Book
Author: Lynn Kelling
● ISBN: 978-1-62234-309-6
Length: 97,000 Words
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Publication Date: 11|15|16
Star Rating: 5 Stars
Ev Myers was looking for trouble when he signed up to do nude art modeling, but he wasn’t expecting this much trouble. All he’d wanted to do was rebel against the moral limits of his strict religious family and the PR requirements of his father’s senate seat. He saw how much bigger his world could be when Professor Adam Buchanan opened Ev to new passions and new experiences but when Ev's family learned how far he had gone, they decided to resort to kidnapping and brainwashing to save their son from sin and scandal—even if it kills him.
“So does that mean you’ll do it?” Hope lingered in the question. Led by instinct, Ev found his answer.
“I think so. Yeah. I will. But…” How to say it? “What are you going to expect here? I’m guessing it’s not just posing.”
“It can just be posing, if that’s where your comfort level is.”
Thinking of his family and church, when he wished he wasn’t and was focused only on his own preferences instead, Ev fought not to get sidetracked by conditioning. What they thought about Ev posing for this man didn’t matter, or so he tried to tell himself.
“I’m not a prude or anything,” Ev clarified. “I was just… wondering. Like, would touching be involved?” The painting Adam had set out indicated one of his last models had been touched.
“Not without your permission.”
He imagined it without wanting to—being touched like the subject of that painting had been, by another man. It made a shiver race up Ev’s back. Folding his arms tighter, he squirmed.
“Would I need to be…” Ev exhaled, tripping on the next word, feeling mortified for even thinking it.
“Hard?” Adam guessed, maybe by reading into Ev’s body language, his arms wrapped around himself, his fingers rubbing his lips.
“You wouldn’t need to be, no. But, total honesty, I would be able to work with it if you were.”
Ev blew out a breath. “How old are you?”
“Okay. No pressure, Ev. If this doesn’t work for you, you can bail at any time. It’s okay. You won’t hurt my feelings.”
“You’re not gonna, like, put my name on these are you? Or tell people?”
“I’ll totally honor your privacy in whatever ways you request. I swear it. My work hinges on honesty. What happens here only leaves this space through the artwork. I do take reference photos, but I keep those locked up when I’m not using them.”
Ev hesitated, mostly because he really wanted to do it, and the realization scared him. It made him question his ability to make rational decisions. There were so many dangers here; he’d be crazy to stay.
Adam just waited, watching.
“I know what they pay at the school for the models,” Adam said, interrupting Ev’s indecision. “Twenty bucks an hour, right? Double that for your hourly rate when you sit for me, and that’s just to start. If this works out, I’ll increase the amount as we go.”
“Adam, that’s insane. I can’t take that much money from you for this.”
“I insist. I’m a professional, hiring you as a professional model. I’ll be photographing you, as I said, in addition to simply using you as a reference for my paintings. The rate I’m paying is not astronomical.”
“Really? Wow, maybe I should’ve just done this instead of go to school.”
Adam just raised an eyebrow at him, looking profoundly patient and equally as determined. “Well, you are suited for it, in my humble opinion, but an education is invaluable. I say do both.”
There was another pause, filled with tense anticipation.
Ev pulled off his jacket. Folding it over his arm, he said, “Okay.”
The idea of getting forty bucks an hour was ridiculously amazing, but that wasn’t what convinced him. It was the temptation—something he’d successfully resisted his whole life, and he was just plain exhausted by the effort. Maybe it was time to take a calculated risk.
“Okay,” Adam agreed. “If you’d feel more comfortable changing into a robe first…”
Steeling himself, Ev took a deep breath, then pulled his shirt over his head. Bare-chested, feeling his nipples stiffen, he said, “Kind of cold.”
“Right. Sorry,” Adam apologized. He pulled out his phone, tapped at it a few times and said, “There. The heat’ll take a moment to warm things up. I’ve got space heaters too.” Walking away, he emerged only a second later, wheeling a small heater up to a bed. Adam shifted the bed slightly under the lights overhead, then turned on a few professional looking large soft box boom lights, shifting them closer and angled to cast light on the bed. The heater was shifted even closer. The set-up was similar to various television and photography studio sets he’d visited as the Senator’s son—though without the bed and nudity—and the familiarity was comforting.
While Adam fussed with the arrangements, Ev unbuckled his jeans. It took a flare of courage before he was able to push them down, toeing off his sneakers and socks along with the pants. That left him only in snug, black, low-rise boxer briefs, the thin cotton straining to contain him even though he was completely flaccid. Needing warmth more than anything, Ev walked into the path of the space heater, rubbing his hands together, then rubbing his arms. Right away, he felt more comfortable and less tempted to run for cover.
Once Adam had things arranged to his liking, he finally turned around. His gaze swept down Ev’s body, then upward to his face. Ev tried to read into the look, or the thoughts behind it, but couldn’t.
“I’d like to do some sketches, maybe take some photos, just to see what’s working. It’ll probably take a while for me to narrow it down to one pose. Who knows, maybe I’ll start a few pieces at once. Are you sure you don’t want a glass of water or anything before we start?”
“Nah, I’m good. Um,” he reached for his briefs, stopped himself, then went ahead and hooked his thumbs under the waistband. He felt Adam watching as Ev slid the underwear off. By the time he’d stepped out of them, briefs wadded up in his hand, he was breathing harder. His balls drew up, his skin both hot and cold in places. It felt wrong on many levels, in ways it hadn’t in the classroom earlier that day.
But Adam wasn’t reacting in a negative way, or telling him to cover back up; he just kept scrutinizing the view of Ev’s body. “Would you rather lie down or sit to start?”
“Whatever you want.”
“Okay, then come lie down here,” he said, pointing to the bed. Ev shuffled over, fighting the urge to cover himself with his hands. “Are you okay with me using my hands to help position you? Be honest.”
“Yeah, that’s fine.”
“Okay. If you change your mind, just tell me.”
Ev sat on the edge of the bed, then lay back.
“Shift up the bed a little more.”
He slid upward. Adam’s hand touched Ev’s knee. “Relax your legs. Let them fall open.” Gentle pressure urged Ev’s legs apart. Ev thought his breathing sounded too loud in the quiet of the room. The light touch of Adam’s fingertips on the inside of Ev’s left knee sent a thrill to Ev’s cock. Inwardly, he groaned with dread, his tension reflecting in his expression.
“Bring your arms up so your hands are on either side of your head. Just relax them.” Adam arranged Ev’s hands, letting the fingers curl, and the back of his hand resting by his face. “Good. Keep your head turned to the side.” The curled fingers were by his eyes. His chest rose and fell, with each breath seeming to come quicker than the last.
Watching from the corner of his eye, he saw Adam draw a sheet over, letting the corner of it cover Ev’s stomach, keeping his chest and genitals exposed.
“Nice,” Adam murmured, his eyes everywhere, all over Ev. Ev got the sense that Adam had gone into his head, concentrating on his ideas and plans instead of judging Ev’s body in any way, which helped Ev stay calm. Adam went back to the supply cabinets along the wall and brought out a large camera with a long lens. He moved close again, bringing the camera up to his eye and adjusting the focus. The soft whir of the machinery was a pleasurable little sound, acting like a tickle over Ev’s cock.
Bare is one of the best Lynn Kelling book I’ve read. The tension is so thick you can cut it with a knife. You can feel the nervous energy pouring off Ev when Adam walks in the room. You see, Ev is modeling nude for extra money in an art class. He feels vulnerable and exposed already. Self-conscience with his nudity and everyone staring at him as they draw. He hears heavy boot steps but he’s afraid to look or move from his position.
When he’s face to face with the eavesdropper, Adam Buchanan, he is drawn to his appeal, his dominance. When he’s asked to model, just for him, he’s intrigued and interested—even though he knows he shouldn’t do it—but knowing he’s going to just the same.
I was confused by Adam for quite a while. Is he a jerk? Yeah. . . I think he was. Is he controlling? Oh, yeah. Was he being unprofessional? I thought he was. . . at first. But, the more I got into the story, the deeper I went, the more I realized that I could trust Adam and I saw what he was doing. He wasn't a jerk, at all. Far from it. He was pushing Ev past his boundaries, making him reach within to accept the real him. The person he always wanted to be but was and is truly fearful of admitting.
I saw where he was going with Ev, who he insisted on calling Evelyn, his given name, even though Ev hated using it because it was feminine. My mother’s name was Evelyn, btw, so I rather enjoyed his name. But, I understood why Ev was having trouble and it all stems from a religious, conservative background and a family structured set of boundaries he had to adhere to.
Adam isn’t much older than Ev but he is much older in the ways of the world. He’s lost his parents, so he’s had to do a lot of things on his own, but he has an amazing support system through a very close knit group of friends and a wonderful and loving grandfather. He’s been out with his sexuality for a long time and he’s proud of who he is as a man and a human being. He’s also a Master and a dominant who has had subs and can read Ev clearly and knows he is fighting with an inner struggle against himself.
As Adam paints Ev, he challenges him to confront his fears, face his demons that have haunted him for years, and find and stand up for himself. for the person he wants to be, and in the process an amazing love story develops and unfolds before our very eyes. Ev is a natural sub who doesn’t understand the dynamics exactly, but only knows that his world is centered when he’s on his knees in front of Adam. He’s at peace, a simple existence is there, his world is right.
Of course, his family gets wind of his so-called perversions and they step in to save him from sin. While you may roll your eyes at the intent let me say that this is hard to read. This is real-life, this happens, still to this day, which makes me cringe, and the author doesn’t spare our feelings. She gutted me with her writing that pulled me and made me feel as though I was running through the halls looking for Ev myself trying to get him out of that dreadful and scary place.
Bare wouldn’t be everything that it was without the amazing cast of secondary characters that Kelling introduces us too. There are several so I’m not going to name them here but they are all worthy and fabulous and each had their roles and I would love to get every one of their stories someday. Soon rather than later, lol. Especially Oliver and Leo.
Lynn Kelling is a fabulous storyteller and that is so apparent with this story. The details and descriptions will pull you in and hold you hostage through the whole story. This is a very sexual and highly erotic story. Adam and Ev are in a very passionate and expressive relationship and they are pulled to each other constantly. They get down to the very basics, the raw and dirty, hungry and possessive, love between two men and it's a beautiful story.
I’ve been a fan of Lynn Kelling for a long time. I love that she can take me to another place and make me feel so many emotions. I was literally consumed the whole day as I read Bare and hated the moments when I had to lay it down. However, there were times I thought I was going to have to walk away because the fear was overpowering me, but I stuck with it because I had to know what was around the corner, what was waiting for Ev and Adam, did they have a future together? Ev goes through a rebirth or reawakening and it’s beautiful to not only see him find himself but to believe in himself as well. Highly recommended. 5 STARS
** I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from www.forbiddenfiction.com **
Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that weren’t afraid of the dark, didn’t hold anything back and always strived to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader.
Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life – basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it.
Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it’s body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over 50 works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.